For years, Drake fans have been on the edge of their seats waiting for an album and with the very imminent release of Certified Lover Boy on the horizon, the rap world was gearing up for a classic. Apparently, we're going to have to wait a little longer, because Drizzy just pushed back the January release date.
On Wednesday night, the OVO rapper took to Instagram to reveal that his sixth studio album would not be releasing this month as planned, as he is focused on a healthy recovery from a knee injury.
"I was planning to release my album this month, but between surgery and rehab, my energy has been dedicated to recovery," Drake wrote. "I'm blessed to be back on my feet, feeling great and focused on the album, but CLB won't be dropping in January. I'm looking forward to sharing it with you all in 2021."
In October, to celebrate his birthday Drake shared a minute-long teaser video for the album. Starring Drake himself, fans noticed the clip was basically a live-action recreation of his previous releases Take Care, Dark Lane Demo Tapes, and Nothing Was The Same.
The video felt foreboding, looking back on Drake's expansive discography and coming on the heels of his 34th birthday, it recalled the rapper announcing he would retire by 35 on "Weston Road Flows." However, another interpretation could be that Certified Lover Boy is sonically going to be a culmination of his previous releases.
Drake’s longtime producer Noah ‘40’ Shebib teased as much in an appearance on Kevin Durant's ETCS podcast. Revealing that the album is "ready to go," 40 said the album would cater to all the "different types of Drake music."
"How many different types of fans does he have? How many songs is he going to give you of each type, so that you’re satisfied with this offering? He’s trying to deliver for a lot of different people." 40 continued, "I think that’s the predicament we find ourselves in, which is trying to make music for everyone and to make sure all the different types of fans are satisfied."
The initial merch reveal came a week after Champagne Papi dropped the star-studded visuals for "Laugh Now Cry Later," featuring Lil Durk. "Laugh Now Cry Later off my next studio album CERTIFIED LOVER BOY," he wrote on Instagram for his 70 million followers.
The “Laugh Now Cry Later” video featured cameos from Kevin Durant, Odell Beckham Jr., and Marshawn Lynch. In the clip, the Lover Boy title was briefly referenced on the back of Drake’s Nike jersey in a scene. At the end of the Dave Meyers-directed clip, the initials “CLB” and a rose appeared on the screen, which was the first hint at the album title.
However, according to Complex, Lover Boy Drake isn't actually certified. Drake's attorney's attempted to file a trademark for "Certified Lover Boy," but the application was rejected to avoid “confusion” with the Canadian rock band Loverboy.
There is currently very little information available about Drizzy's project other than that it will be released through OVO Sound and Drake's mysterious Frozen Moments company. Aside from "Laugh Now Cry Later," there are no other singles or leaks from the upcoming album.
Certified Lover Boy follows up the Canadian rapper's 2018 album, Scorpion. On May 1, 2020, Drake dropped his fifth solo mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes as a precursor to the album.
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